Buna familia mea si prietenii mei!!
This past week was General Conference and for those of you who know, it is almost always a tradition in every family to have some sort of comfort food for the special day. In my family it is a tradition to make cinnamon rolls, so.....
We made them (from scratch) with our recent convert, Daniela!!! It was so great to be able to go over on a Sunday morning and spend some time with someone who has such a strong testimony. She is seriously such a light in our lives and a blessing to our missionary work. We have been going "bloc knocking" with Daniela (which basically means we go door-to-door asking if people want to hear our message) and it has been such a blessing to have a native Romanian speaker with us! Plus, Daniela is a natural missionary. We took an hour to knock on doors and in that time we got six people to take our missionary survey, four of which were interested in learning more, one of which actually invited us in on the spot to have a lesson with them. It was amazing!
One Year Down
For those of you who don't know, I celebrated my one year mark on my mission this past week. (Don't let the picture fool you. It was equally as frightening as it was exciting.) If I had more time to write I would talk about all the changes, miracles, and things I've experienced here that have helped me devlop a deeper appreciation for our Savior Jesus Christ and for the love that He has for us, but all I can say is that I am so incredibly grateful for this experience. I am so grateful to be a missionary. Missions do more for the missionaries than the missionaries ever do for the mission, but nevertheless it is so wonderful to take part in so great a work. I love it so much that my family is scared that I may never come home (jury is still out on that one ;))
The "Joseph Smith" Story
Something cool that we do here in the mission is we write down and share our "Joseph Smith" story, which is basically just a nickname for how we came to know that the gospel is true. I haven't written a lot of things in Romanian in these emails, but I figured that I would share the following with all of you:
Părinții mei sunt convertiți la biserica aceasta. De-a lungul vieții mele, ei au fost amândoi exemple extraordinare pentru mine și când am fost mai tânără m-au învățat importanța întrebărilor. Când aveam cincisprezece ani, voiam să știu dacă biserica aceasta este adevărată. Am fost la EFY (ca și FSY) și citeam în scripturile mele și, pentru prima dată, m-am rugat cu o inimă foarte sinceră. M-am rugat lui Dumnezeu sa știu că n-am fost singură și că El știa despre mine. Ochii mei au fost închis, dar așa cum am îngenuncheat lângă patul meu am fost copleșită de un sentiment cald, care a simțit ca o îmbrățișare. Dar, când am deschis ochii, nimeni a fost acolo cu mine în camera mea. Acest sentiment a fost foarte special pentru mine deoarece am știut că Dumnezeu știa despre mine și că El va fi mereu acolo pentru mine. Știu că El este acolo, nu numai pentru mine, ci pentru fiecare dintre noi.
Which, in English says:
My parents are converts to this church. Both my parents have been extraordinary examples for me throughout my life, and when I was younger they taught me the importance of questions. When I was fifteen years old, I wanted to know if this church is true. I was at EFY (it's like FSY here in Europe) and I was reading in my scriptures and, for the first time, I prayed with a very sincere heart. I asked God to let me know that I wasn't alone and that He knew about me. My eyes were closed, but as I knelt next to my bed, I was overwhelmed by a warm feeling that felt like exactly like a hug. But, when I opened my eyes, nobody was in my room with me.This feeling was incredibly special for me because I then knew that God knew about me and that He would always be there for me. I know that He is there, not only for me, but for every single one of us.
Anyways, I just thought I'd share that with all of you this week. Next week I'll share my favorite parts from General Conference and I hope you'll share yours with me! :) I hope you all have a wonderful week!